Jun 30

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Tiger Blood

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

There are a handful of names that best evoke the aura of Tiger football. Red Grange is the obvious first name that comes up. A strong argument can be made that the second is fullback and 1992 team captain Phil Adler.

Jun 28

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Giant Slayers

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Tiger kicker Chris Johnson (#23) celebrates his game-winning field goal against nationally ranked Oak Lawn Richards in the 1991 playoffs. The 17-15 victory propelled the Tigers to a semifinal round matchup with Joliet Catholic Academy.

Jun 27

The Ghosts of Wheaton — What Dreams are Made Of

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Tiger offensive lineman Chris Kirby cradles what he and his teammates had dreamed about for years — the Illinois Class 5A State Championship trophy after their 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic in 1992.

Jun 26

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Bunny Ears

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Tiger players practice at the new Grange Field at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in the summer of 1992. There’s a funny story about this picture. You can ask Coach John Thorne or team captains Pete Economos or Christian Olsen about it … or you can read all about it in The Ghosts of Wheaton.

Jun 25

The Ghosts of Wheaton — On One Leg

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Wheaton Central quarterback Andy Lutzenkirchen, injured for most of the season, tries to elude a Chicago Mt. Carmel defender in the 1990 Illinois Class 5A state title game. Making their first championship game appearance, the bruised and battered Tigers would fall 24-0, but would emerge as a program on the rise.

Jun 25

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Winging It

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Filling in at quarterback for the injured Andy Lutzenkirchen, defensive back Christian Wing runs the offense against the Glenbard East Rams. The 27-12 victory for the battered and bruised Tigers kept alive Wheaton Central’s 1990 hopes of advancing to its first-ever state title game against Chicago Mt. Carmel .

Jun 24

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Tiger Mania

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Wheaton Central fans cheer on their team during the Tigers’ 7-0 victory over Deerfield in the 1990 semifinal playoff round. The victory would send the program to its first-ever state title game against Chicago Mt. Carmel.

Jun 24

The Ghosts of Wheaton — One-Two Punch

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Fullback Phil Adler (#32) clears the way for running back Bobby Nelson (#2) during the Tigers’ 16-0 semifinal round playoff victory over Rockford Boylan that earned Wheaton Warrenville South a trip to the 1992 Illinois Class 5A state championship game. The rest, as they say, is history …